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Need a Truck, but Don’t Want to Pay a Fortune for Gas? 5 Models with Reasonable Gas Mileage

A pickup truck is a versatile workhorse that can fulfill a variety of duties. Unfortunately, pickup trucks have never been known for delivering good fuel efficiency. This can put you in a bind if you need a truck to support your business or lifestyle, but don’t want to pay a fortune for gas. If you are thinking about buying a truck, but would like a reasonable gas bill every month, you might consider a few of the following models with the best mileage:

Toyota Tacoma

With an EPA fuel economy rating of 21 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, the 2015 Toyota Tacoma proves to be an efficient daily-driver. Although a V-6 engine is offered, the four-cylinder engine is clearly the most efficient option. Some of this truck’s standard features include an anti-lock braking system, a five-speed manual gearbox, a four-speaker sound system, and electronic traction control.

Dodge Ram 1500

The 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 offers two very efficient engine choices. Despite the V-6 engine’s strong performance, it still manages an impressive fuel economy rating of 25 mpg on the highway. On the other hand, the optional Eco-diesel engine is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the open road. According to, the diesel-powered Ram 1500 actually delivered 33 mpg when cruising along the highway.

Ford F-150

For good reason, the F-150 has remained the top-selling truck in America. In an effort to boost gas mileage, all F-150 models are now constructed using lightweight aluminum. While the F-150 offers several engine choices, the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine has been specially tuned for efficiency. Gas mileage stands at 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Amazingly, the 325-horsepower engine is strong enough to tow about 8,500 pounds.

2015 GMC Canyon

Equipped with a peppy four-cylinder engine, the newly-redesigned GMC Canyon offers an exciting blend of power and efficiency. Drivers can expect to get 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the freeway. As a testament to the 2015 Canyon’s outstanding performance and build quality, Autoweek named the Canyon as their “Best of the Best Truck”. Some of the truck’s standout features include LED running lights and a rear CornerStep bumper.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Featuring essentially the same chassis as the GMC Canyon, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado also offers excellent gas mileage. While the four-cylinder model is rated at 27 mpg on the freeway and 20 mpg in the city, the V-6 version is almost as impressive. When fitted with a powerful V-6 engine, the new Canyon can still return a commendable 26 mpg on the highway.

No longer do truck owners have to suffer from poor fuel efficiency. These five truck models will definitely keep fuel consumption to a minimum, while allowing you to get the job done.

The information for this article was provided by the professionals at Tonka 4-Wheel Drive Ltd., who specialize in truck accessories in Edmonton.

The Six Most Economical New Pickup Trucks

In the past, owning a pickup truck meant that you had to deal with extremely poor fuel economy. Today’s automakers have taken major steps to improve the gas mileage of their pickup trucks. Certain pickup trucks are actually able to surpass the fuel efficiency of some cars. The best part is that these trucks are also very affordable—the following is a list of the most economical of the newest pickup trucks:

Dodge Ram 1500

Very few trucks can match the Dodge Ram 1500’s rare combination of brute strength and efficiency. The new EcoDiesel engine rewards the owner with a highway fuel economy rating of 28 mpg on the highway. However, the V-6 version of the truck is a tad bit cheaper to buy.

Toyota Tacoma

A brand new Toyota Tacoma can be obtained for less than $20,000. While its four-cylinder engine is not capable of pulling extremely heavy loads, it is perfectly suitable for light-duty applications. The driver will certainly appreciate the Tacoma’s gas mileage rating of 21 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Chevy Silverado’s new 4.3-liter, V-6 engine helps it to average 24 mpg on the highway. Amazingly, the base Silverado is still able to tow a commendable 7,200 pounds. The entry-level Silverado has all of the basic essentials, including a six-speaker sound system, air-conditioning, and Bluetooth phone connectivity. The 2014 Silverado, due to these features and its combination of high performance and high safety ratings, has been declared the 2014 Truck of the Year at the North American International Auto Show.

Ford F-150

While the Ford F-150 offers several engine choices, the 3.7 engine is the most cost-efficient option. The 302-horsepower engine revs with enthusiasm while returning a fuel economy rating of 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the freeway. You will be hard-pressed to find a better pickup truck for $24,200. The F-150, as one of the most popular models on the current market, is both easy and inexpensive to repair, as you will experience no shortage of experienced Ford mechanics and replacement parts.

GMC Sierra 1500

Based on the same platform as the Silverado, the GMC Sierra offers great fuel economy and unmatched durability. Although you will have to forgo options, such as a rear-view camera and remote starting, the Sierra can be obtained for as little as $26,000. One of the 1500’s best, most economical new features is its considerable lightness compared to other pickups in its class. This has significantly improved fuel economy, making the Sierra one of the most efficient vehicles on this list.

Nissan Frontier

The Nissan Frontier’s base price of $18,850 is very economical. When equipped with four-wheel drive, the Frontier transforms into one of the most capable pickup trucks on the market. The rear-wheel drive model, according to a Drayton Valley truck body specialist, is able to deliver an impressive 23 miles-per-gallon when traveling on the open road.

Becoming the owner of a pickup truck does not have to be a financial burden. Each one of these capable pickup trucks offers great gas mileage and an attractive price tag.

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The Updated 2013 Nissan Titan Pickup Truck

Nissan’s Titan pickup truck is coming to the end of its lifecycle. A new truck is due out in 2014, one that is expected to bring in new engine and transmission choices, perhaps even additional body styles. The 2013 edition brings in several changes, but before we discuss what those are, let’s take a look at what this truck has to offer the large truck buyer.

Body Styles

The 2013 Nissan Titan is available in crew- and extended-cab styles, with short- and long-bed lengths available. Choose the King cab and your model comes with either 6.5-foot or 8-foot beds. Choose the crew cab and your truck offers either 5.5-foot or 7-foot beds.

Choose the crew cab if four traditional doors suit you or the extended cab with rear hinged doors. The Titan seats up to five or six when a front bench seat is chosen. Four trim levels are offered including the standard S, the upgraded SV, the luxuriant SL or the performance PRO-4X. Every model is available in rear- or four-wheel-drive.

Engine and Transmission

The current Nissan Titan is outfitted with just one engine and transmission choice. This model is equipped with a 317-horsepower 5.6-liter V-8 engine paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. You get a tow/haul mode with the transmission. Standard towing capacity is 7,400 pounds with maximum towing of 9,500 pounds in select King Cabs and 9,400 pounds in some Crew Cab editions.

The EPA rates the four-wheel-drive Nissan Titan at 12 mpg city, 17 mpg highway. This truck takes regular grade gasoline and has a 28.0 gallon fuel tank. Maximum cruising range comes in at 476 miles or enough to take you from Kansas City to Wichita and back on one tank of fuel.

New for 2013

Changes to the Nissan Titan for 2013 are understated, but still of note. This is the final year of a 10-year product life cycle.

Nissan has been making waves across the world as just recently in some countries is has surpassed popular brands. In Australia Nissan recently bumped off the popular brand Holden to capture one of the top three positions as most popular auto. It’s safe to say that whether you are looking for a new car or just passing by a local car wash Melbourne, Nissan cars will be more visible in practically any country.

This truck brings in a new tailgate design and offers an aerodynamic rear spoiler with an integrated rear view camera. That camera is standard with the SL and PRO-4 editions and is available as part of an upgrade package in the Titan SV.

Exterior changes with the PRO-4 include a satin chrome grille, update graphics, wheel embellishments and skid plate color changes. On the inside, the PRO-4 offers a new logo design, refined embroidery and stitching accents.

Seven new colors are added, with nine now offered. New colors include Cayenne Red and Pearl White, and various black, blue and metallic finishes.

Standard with the Titan S is a 120-volt out that is located in the truck bed, quite useful for powering your tools. Nissan makes this feature available with its PRO-4X and SV editions as well.

Wheel changes to the S and mud guards on the SL are among the exterior enhancements. A set of sliding extended sun visors is now standard across the model line. The steering wheel now features a four-spoke design and various navigation and audio options are now available.

Truck Dimensions

Nissan’s Titan King Cab sits on a 139.8-inch wheelbase and is 224.6 inches long, 79.5 inches wide and 76.6 inches tall. This vehicle weighs from 4,847 pounds and has a payload capacity from 1,900 pounds. King Cab passenger volume measures 112.8 cubic feet.

Titan Crew Cab models weigh from 5,047 pounds and offer from 1,773 pounds of payload. Interior passenger volume measures 125.6 cubic feet.

Popular Amenities

Nissan equips the Titan with various comfort and convenience items. Standard equipment includes air-conditioning, a tilt steering column, a pair of dash-mounted 12-volt outlets, retained accessory power, a digital clock, eight drink holders, an overhead console, an AM/FM/CD system and six speakers.

Upgrades and package options are many, allowing you to configure your Titan in numerous ways. Such options include Bluetooth connectivity, power accessories, front captain’s chairs, upgraded trim, metallic accents, a Rockford Fosgate audio system, XM satellite radio and an input jack.

Titan Miscellany

Nissan outfits the Titan with 18- or 20-inch wheels. A switch-operated 2-speed transfer case is standard with four-wheel-drive models. Rear-wheel-drive models offer a 2-wheel active brake limited slip differential; a 4-wheel active brake limited slip comes with four-wheel-drive models. This truck offers front and rear vented brakes. An electronic locking rear differential is standard with the PRO-4X edition.

Upgrade packages are available with select trim levels. Such packages bring interior upgrades such as leather trimmed seats and adjustable pedals or exterior changes that include a factory installed spray bed liner, lockable bedside storage and fog lights.

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